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    November 18, 2019 11:00:00 AM CST

    Understanding Fabric Types & Threads For Custom Embroidery

    embridery fabric thread types

    Before we get into various fabric types for embroidery, there is a term you should be familiar with - backing. Backing is a specialized piece of fabric used as a foundation for stabilizing embroidery stitches. Fabric, by nature, is very flexible. Backing has a stiffness and gives the stitches something stable to hold on to.

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    November 4, 2019 9:20:00 AM CST

    Turning Art Files Into Embroidery With Digitizing


    Ever wonder how a company logo or cool design goes from a digital art file to a beautifully embroidered shirt? The process is called digitizing and the artists that do it are called - you guessed it - digitizers. Basically, digitizing is redrawing a logo or design as stitches in a special embroidery software program designed to do just that. We use a program called Punto at Sharprint. Digitizers aren’t just digital artists, though, they have to be experts in the craft of embroidery.

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    October 22, 2019 10:00:00 AM CDT

    The Goods Aren't Good Without A PO


    One of the very first steps in the decorating apparel industry is purchasing the goods that need to be screen printed or embroidered on. Decorating companies are more than willing to order the goods for their customers, but there are times when customers will supply the garments themselves. This is certainly not a problem and 100% acceptable. However, if the customer does provide their decorator with the blank pieces, there are a few things that they should know and take into consideration. Here are three Things Your Decorator Needs Before Sending Your Order to Production:

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    October 21, 2019 5:30:00 AM CDT

    4 Simple Steps To Worry-Free Order Production


    There are many decisions to be made and details to be communicated when ordering decorated and promotional apparel. If you’ve ordered even once, you are well aware. The number of decisions and details is multiplied by each client you are working with and each item they are having imprinted. Wow. That’s a lot to keep track of.

    You’re awesome and have it covered, we know. Regardless, we’ve got your back. The Four Simple Steps is a system for placing orders that helps organize the details and keeps you informed about the progress of your custom screen print, embroidery, and digital print orders. Our goal is to make working with us easy. By pro-actively providing you with status updates, you can continue getting business instead of being bogged down by the orders you already have.

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    September 24, 2019 8:15:00 AM CDT

    How Soft-Hand Printing Via Discharge Inks Works

    soft-hand-printing-dischargeink2Discharge ink was developed specifically for soft-hand printing on dark garments. Discharge is a water-based ink that bleaches the garment weave while depositing pigment. The look of the final print is quite different from traditional plastisol prints. The end print is more muted, the colors are flatter, and the edges of the screen stencil tend to soften through the production run. Butt-to-butt registration is not guaranteed. Discharge is really great for vintage looking prints with lose designs. Tight logo style graphics aren’t ideal for discharge printing.

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    September 23, 2019 7:01:00 AM CDT

    5 Tips To Preparing An Illustrator File For Your Contract Decorator


    Screen printers love Adobe Illustrator because the graphics are so clean and perfectly scale-able. Certain features of the program were even designed specifically for the print industry. A screen print artist or separator prepares your design file for print production, but there are some steps you should take to prepare your file for the printer.

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    September 17, 2019 9:17:00 AM CDT

    The Advantages & Disadvantages Of Plastisol Ink


    Plastisol ink is a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) based system that essentially contains no solvent at all. Along with UV ink used in graphic screen printing, it is referred to as a 100% solid ink system. Plastisol is a thermoplastic ink in that it is necessary to heat the printed ink film to a temperature high enough to cause the molecules of PVC resin and plasticizer to cross-link and thereby solidify, or cure. The temperature at which most plastisol for textile printing cures at is in the range of 149 °C to 166 °C (300 °F to 330°F).

    Plastisol is the ink of choice for printing of finished goods such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and tote bags.

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    September 16, 2019 8:32:00 AM CDT

    How Staff Uniforms Can Have An Impact On Your Business

    Staff UniformsStaff uniforms are a common feature shared by many of the most successful businesses in the country. Everyone from doctors to fast food workers are expected to wear a specific type of attire. Businesses can use staff uniforms for a variety of beneficial purposes.

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    September 12, 2019 2:00:00 PM CDT

    8 Tips About Using Art When Screen Printing

    art files screen print

    1. All Shapes & Sizes

    First and foremost, submitting Vector art is always best. What makes vector art special is that everything is defined by shapes, as opposed to raster art’s pixels. This means the image never degrades at any size. A vector art image could be used for an inside tag, an all over print or a billboard without any pixelation or loss of quality. Vector images are very simple to change color, scale, orientation, etc. Also, vector images don’t need separations or the fees that go along with them, unless they are very very complex in color.

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    September 5, 2019 11:41:00 AM CDT

    Achieving The Best Possible Quality When Printing On Polyester

    printing on polyester

    *Above is an example of an instance when dye migration occurred. The color of the design was white, but dye migration caused the red tint.

    Polyester is one of the most challenging fabrics to print on. It’s advisable to stay away from 50/50 blends in a lot of cases. Being in the decorated apparel business, we are often asked whether or not we can print on certain types of fabric. In almost all cases, the answer is - Yes. However, not all fabrics get along with ink so, it's important to consider all elements of your production run.

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    August 20, 2019 6:50:00 AM CDT

    The 4-Step Process For DTG Printing On High Quality Custom Garments

    DTG_Garments_Sharprint_ChicagoDigital garment printing can be a solution for small quantities, hasty needs, and it can also be a source of exclusive products that are not easily replicated. By promoting these strengths of the medium, its likely your clients will be unaware of the numerous steps and time it takes to complete these production tasks. We recorded the processes to share the exacting and labor intensive process that goes into these fast turnarounds on high quality custom garments.

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